On Competitions

The contest lasts for moments

Though the training’s taken years


It wasn’t the winning alone that

Was worth the work and the tears


The applause will be forgotten

The prize will be misplaced

But the long hard hours of practice

Will never be a waste


For in trying to win

You build a skill

You learn that winning

Depends on will


You never grow by how much you win

You only grow by how much you put in

So, any new challenge

You’ve just begun

Put forth your best

And you’ve already won

W.A. Clennan

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